Book Review: Two John Hodgman Books

Good evening! I'm getting close to caught up with my book reviews for this year's Sitzbook project. I actually don't think I'll have too much to say about these two books, but I did want to at least mention them. Even if you've not read anything by John Hodgman, there's a chance you've seen him. I knew him from an episode of "Flight of the Conchords" and some episodes of the "Daily Show" where he was the "Resident Expert." And I guess he was also in some Apple commercials a few years, but I never Read more [...]

Sitzbook Book Review: ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak

When I see the title of this post, it's hard not to think that the word "book" appears too many times, but that's just how it is. I read this book a little bit ago. It's listed as my book for July, but I got a bit behind (and still am), and I actually read it mostly in September when I was visiting Colorado. But I had even tried to start it at the end of last year, but when I saw that it was over 500 pages, I decided to save it for this year's Sitzbook project. And here we are. I was in a bit Read more [...]

Sitzbook: Four Quick Reviews

Hi Everyone! Today I'm continuing my reviews for Sitzbook. My thoughts on the four books I'll review today weren't terribly comment-heavy, so I decided to do them in a quick, compressed format. Here we go: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch The Good: This book is about Professor Randy Pausch, a man who was terminally sick and gave his famous "last lecture" to highlight how to really achieve one's dreams. You can read more here. It's a great way to think about what's truly important in your Read more [...]

Sitzbook: "Casino Royale" by Ian Fleming

OK, so this will be a bit different. I just read this book last week and I wanted to review it for Sitzbook. However, a few friends and I just started a blog about movies and stuff like that, so I wrote a review there comparing the book and the movie. I'll reprint that in this post, but you can also check out the review here. The blog is called Cinematic Attic, and it's pretty fun! If you're interested in movies, books, and music (but especially movies, at least thus far), then check it out!So, here's Read more [...]

Sitzbook: "The Yiddish Policemen’s Union" by Michael Chabon

Hi again! I'm back with another review, although this one will be mostly quotes. My brother gave me The Yiddish Policemen's Union for Christmas and it was, in a word, excellent. The story takes place in an alternate reality in which Sitka, Alaska, has taken in millions of Jewish refugees during the Second World War, thereby basically avoiding the bulk of the Holocaust. (In reality, this was actually a plan that was briefly proposed in the US Congress but ultimately came to nothing.) Anyhow, the Read more [...]

Sitzbook: "Lamb" By Christopher Moore

This is a dazed bird that crashed into the Formerly Crappy Casita.It's got nothing to do with this post, but I didn't have any other pictures to illustrate this book.Hello! It's been a while since I wrote a book review for Sitzbook, so I really need to catch up. As a quick re-cap, I've been reading a book a week for the last two years. At this moment, I still have 7 more to go before the end of the year, so December will be a busy month for reading. It will also have quite a few reviews, since another Read more [...]

Sitzbook: "The Dirty Parts of the Bible" By Sam Torode

This will be a short review. I actually only got this book because it turned out to be free on the Kindle. I have Amazon Prime, so I can borrow one book from their "Lending Library" for free every month. This book had good reviews so I decided to check it out; as it turned out, it was free free, and it didn't even count towards my monthly book rental. So that was cool.The story itself is also cool. I guess it follows a Biblical story (I seem to have a lot of these religious-sounding books this year, Read more [...]